Job growth seen in Peoria, down in Bloomington metro areas

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Illinois businesses added jobs in eight metro areas from February 2018 to February 2019, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The largest percentage increase was found in the Peoria metro area with a 2.4 percent job increase at roughly 4,000 nonfarm jobs. The Chicago-Naperville area saw a 1.4 percent job increase with 51,600 jobs. 

Meanwhile, the Bloomington metro area saw a 1.4 percent decrease throughout the timeframe, down 1,300 nonfarm jobs. Champaign-Urbana also saw a 0.4 percent decrease. 

But while unemployment went up in Bloomington, there are still more people employed overall compared to Peoria. The IDES and BLS estimate there were 4,600 unemployed people in Bloomington in February 2019. In Peoria, there is an estimated 10,800. 

Take a look:

Metropolitan Area

Feb. 2019

Feb. 2018

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington

4.8%

4.3%

0.5

Carbondale-Marion

5.0%

5.0%

0.0

Champaign-Urbana

4.8%

4.4%

0.4

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights

4.0%

4.6%

-0.6

Danville

6.3%

6.6%

-0.3

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

4.8%

4.8%

0.0

Decatur

6.2%

5.7%

0.5

Elgin

5.9%

5.3%

0.6

Kankakee

6.7%

6.1%

0.6

Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI

5.3%

5.0%

0.3

Peoria

6.0%

5.7%

0.3

Rockford

6.4%

5.7%

0.7

Springfield

5.1%

4.6%

0.5

St. Louis (IL-Section)

5.1%

4.8%

0.3

Illinois Statewide

4.7%

4.9%

-0.2

     * Data subject to revision.

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